Swansea University is a research-led institution located in Wales, United Kingdom. It was chartered as University College of Swansea in 1920. Swansea was the 29th university to be established in the British Isles.

The University is structured into the following schools: School of Arts and Humanities; School of Engineering; School of the Environment and Society; School of Business and Economics; School of Law; School of Human and Health Sciences; School of Physical Sciences; School of Medicine.

The Executive MBA at the School of Business and Economics, Swansea University is the only executive MBA in Wales that is accredited by the main international accreditation body, the Association of MBAs.

Ranking Profile:

- Ranked in the top 50 nationally by The Times (2010).

- Ranked 357th among the world's top 400 institutions by QS World University Rankings™ (2009).

- Ranked 402-503rd internationally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2008.

- Outstanding achievements in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008. Using a ‘research power’ ranking (research excellence and volume of staff), it is ranked 36th. Within Wales, out of 31 subject areas submitted, Swansea University came 1st in Wales in 17 areas, and first or second in 24 areas. Research assessment areas for which the University is rated 1st in Wales are: Allied Health Professions and Studies (Biomedicine); American Studies and Anglophone Area Studies; Civil Engineering; Classics, Ancient History, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies; Development Studies; Economics and Econometrics; French; Health Services Research; German, Dutch and Scandinavian Languages; General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering; History; Italian; Iberian and Latin American Languages; Metallurgy and Materials; Physics; Pure Mathematics; Social Work and Social Policy & Administration.

- 11% of its research achieved the highest category of ‘world-leading’ (4*). Overall 85% of the University staff submitted for assessment are classed as producing research of international quality or above (grades 4*, 3* and 2*) in the RAE 2008.

- Swansea University’s School of Engineering has achieved many top 10 results over the years. It is rated 8th in the RAE 2008, overall summary of results using weighted averages (www.rae.ac.uk). 64% of staff within the School of Engineering are classed as producing research of world-class or internationally excellent quality (grades 4* and 3*).

- Received the 2005 Times Higher Education Supplement Award for the UK's Best Student Experience.

- In the RAE 2001 a third of research areas at Swansea University reached international levels of excellence, achieving the top grades of 5 or 5*.

* Suggested Reading: Top Universities in Wales
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek